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Security Guard Services

SIC 7381 | NAICS 561612

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Industry Analysis, Trends, Statistics, and Forecasts

Security Guard Services  (view report)
Armored Car Services  (view report)

Comprehensive market research reports provide in-depth industry analysis and five-year forecasts, with special focus on the underlying structure and external forces and relationships that affect industries and their performance. Report contents include:

  • Market size and characteristics
  • Key statistics and ratios
  • Current performance
  • Operating conditions
  • Competitive landscape
  • Major companies
  • Five-year growth forecast

Robert H. Perry & Associates, Incorporated
U.S. Contract Security Industry

M&A firm whitepaper provides an overview of the contract guard service industry, with topics covered in the paper including size of the industry, revenue size and growth prospects, margins and EBITDA, merger and acquisition activity, private equity firms investing in this sector, selling prices for large and small firms, factors driving the M&A market, and challenges and opportunities for firm owners.

First Research
Security Guard Services

First Research profiles provide analysis, statistics, and forecasts for a wide range of industries, with content sections including industry overview, recent developments, issues and challenges, business trends and opportunities, leading companies, executive insights, financial benchmarking information, and 5-year revenue growth forecast. Profiles are updated monthly; sample report is available online.

BNP Media
Security Magazine

Monthly trade publication features news and information for security executives, with special features including the annual "Top Guarding Firms Listing" special report (December issue) which ranks the top companies in the guard service sector by annual revenue and also includes information on number of offices and total employees. Selected articles from current and archived issues are available online.

Freedonia Group
Private Security Services

Topics covered in the private guard service section of this comprehensive market research report include guard sector overview, 10-year historical and forecast annual revenues, market trends, pre-employment screening, training, wages and benefits, applications, vendors and market share, and market share by top firms. Entire study or individual sections or pages can be purchased online.

National Criminal Justice Reference Service

Private Security Industry / full-text

Research report provides a comprehensive review of this service sector, with topics covered in the report including background information, firm and employee characteristics, services performed by private organizations, markets (infrastructure, commercial, institutional, residential, government), relationship with law enforcement, and regulation and training. Full text report is available online.

Insight into the Armored Car Industry

Consulting firm whitepaper provides an overview of the armored car business, with topics covered in the paper including cash-in-transit transportation, cash management, currency and coin processing, storage of valuables, ATM services, electronic safes and stationary vaults, virtual vault service, bar encoding, carrier due diligence, managing risk, pre-employment screening, and industry concerns.

Financial Benchmarking Data

Industry Financial Ratios
Security Guard and Patrol Services  Search for "561612"

Five-year financial statement analysis includes income statements, balance sheets, and key financial ratios, with data available by sales size range on a national, state, and metro area level.

  • Income and expense detail in dollars and percentages
  • Balance sheets in dollars and percentages
  • Cash flow analysis
  • Liquidity and working capital ratios
  • Profitability and return on investment ratios
  • Asset turnover and efficiency ratios
  • Capital structure and debt service ratios

First Research
Security Guard Services

Financial information section provides income statements, balance sheets, and financial ratios by company size for firms that provide services such as controlling access to buildings and grounds, patrolling specified areas on foot or in a vehicle, on-site monitoring of alarm and CCTV systems, and transporting cash and other valuables in armored vehicles. Sample report is available online.

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Compensation Surveys

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Security Guards

Annual wage survey provides hourly and annual wage data for protective service personnel that control access to buildings and grounds, monitor alarm and video surveillance systems, conduct security checks and/or patrols for designated premises or areas, and transport cash and other valuable items using armored transportation equipment to protect these items while in transit.

Security Guards / Armored Car Services / armoredcar

Free online service provides median salary and hourly wage data for selected job positions in this protective service sector such as director, manager, supervisor, and officer (armed and unarmed), with employers for which salary or hourly wage data is provided including Securitas, G4S Secure Solutions, AlliedBarton, Brinks, Incorporated, Universal Protection Service, and Guardsmark.

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Business Valuation Resources

Small Business Valuation Multiples

Security Guard Services

Comprehensive reference guide provides market-based valuation multiples for small businesses that provide services such as controlling access to buildings and grounds, monitoring alarm and closed-circuit TV systems, and conducting security checks and/or patrols for specified premises or areas.

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